Wednesday, November 14, 2007


This just in from the Reverence email list:


Electrelane have announced that they are to go on hiatus after releasing new single 'Berlin' on November 26, possibly making this their last ever gig in Manchester.

Writing on their official website they explained: "We have decided that the upcoming gigs will be our last for the foreseeable future. After ten years of much fun and hard work, we have realised that we all need a break and time to do other things. This was a tough decision for us to make, but ultimately a positive one.

"A big thank you to everyone who has come to our shows, put on our shows and bought our records over the years. It means a lot to us. We're really grateful to have had the opportunity to play gigs all over the world and to meet so many lovely people.

"This last year has been especially enjoyable and we feel happy about moving on with all these good memories to look back on. At the moment we haven't made any band plans for the future, but we're going to have a break and see what happens."

Plus Anni Rossi & Lonelady
Wednesday 28th November
Manchester Academy 3
Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £12 adv. From Ticketline 0161 832 1111 Ticketline 0161 832 1111 [BUY]

Rock It To The Moon [BUY]

The Power Out [BUY]

Saturday, November 10, 2007


Ah the Yorkshire Dales. God's Own Country. Or a very bleak, windswept landscape with no signs of life for miles around. Except the Tan Hill Inn, Britain's highest pub (1372 feet above sea level) and the inspired setting for one stop on British Sea Power's current tour.

This was the only date I could get to this tour so expectations were high. Arriving at Tan Hill on Friday night in the dark with rain threatening and a side wind so strong you had to lean into it even just to walk, I started to wonder if it was such a good idea. But just stepping over the threshold into the warmth and welcome of the Tan Hill Inn dispelled the concerns. They were further dispelled by the Black Sheep bitter which slipped down with velvety smoothness. Tan Hill Inn has three rooms with one main bar and then a 'barn' has been built at the back which you can walk straight into from the pub. The barn was a square room, built of white-washed breeze block with a small stage at one end. The word 'functional' comes to mind.

Wild Things were support. The first song was a curious mix of folky chorus, falsetto vocals and guitar played like a banjo. The second song was the same. The third was different - with hints of A Certain Ratio or Postcard records jangle. A very curious experience, still not sure what to make of it.

The barn and the stage were so small, BSP didn't make an entrance so much as appear and tore straight into Remember Me. The next three songs were equally fast and furious and the reaction from the crowd was great. I reckon there was about 175 people in the barn and the atmosphere and the intimate setting were great without ever feeling packed in.

I felt the pace dropped a bit after the first four songs as the set mixed songs from the new album (coming out 14 January) and older mid-tempo songs like Blackout. They were also accompanied by Phil on cornet, air raid siren and (I think) some keyboards and Abby on Viola on certain songs. Here's the set list.

Towards the end of the set there was plenty of crowd-surfing and a couple of people somehow managed to get on to a high wooden beam that went across the breadth of the barn. It was odd without the usual closing madness around Lately/Rock in A. Instead BSP have adoped a surprisingly traditional approach of playing encores. So after a short break they came back on and played How Will I Ever Find My Home, Carrion and Spirit of St Louis. This was sublime: the energy of band and crowd were terrific and St Louis ended in predictable chaos with Noble playing on the shoulders on an audience member and then crowd surfing (see this great set of photos).

I think the set finished about 11.30am but the evening wasn't over because Tan Hill Inn is open until "whenever we feel like it" and most people weren't going anywhere. So the pub filled with a really chilled bonhomie as band and fans mixed and drank even more. There was a charity auction of a signed single (went for £50 - good effort whoever bid that) and then following a further whip-round for charity there was "sing-along-a-BSP" around the piano.

This started with Noble playing snatches of Bohemian Rhapsody and other 'standards' before he, Hamilton and Yan did A Wooden Horse. There was also Out of My Mind on Dope and Speed played by Noble plus fans. Alas none of the band knew any Neil Diamond. My photos are never the sharpest at the best of times but after all that Black Sheep these were distinctly dodgy.

Called it a night about 2am. Some hardy folk were camping(!), we opted for kipping in the car in the sleeping bags. Truly memorable, despite all the Black Sheep. This should become an annual event. The only downside was the indisposition of Mr P and then the seven hour journey home the next day due to "massive signal failure". With a bad head.

British Sea Power
Krankenhaus? EP [BUY]

Julian Cope
Skellington [SEEK]

Sunday, November 04, 2007


Look at all the gigs in Manchester this week starting with tonight....
The National supported by St Vincent at Academy 2 [SOLD OUT]

Jackie-O-Motherfucker at Ruby Lounge [BUY TICKETS]

Beirut at Club Academy [SOLD OUT]
The Young Knives at Night and Day [SOLD OUT]

The Shins supported by Vampire Weekend at Academy 1 [BUY TICKETS]
Andrew Bird supported by Loney Dear at Academy 3 [BUY TICKETS]
Darren Hayman & The Secondary Modern supported by The Wave Pictures at Dry Bar [BUY TICKETS]

Fiery Furnaces at Night and Day [BUY TICKETS]
Kurt Wagner at Academy 2 [BUY TICKETS]

But due to a whole raft of commitments/excuses I'm missing it all. Instead on Friday I'm off the North Yorks Moors for my only gig of the week: British Sea Power playing Tan Hill Inn, England's highest pub. Can't wait. Just hope the weather stays mild as camping there after the gig. Well at £2 per person per night it's good value. Even for November.

The National
Boxer [BUY]

Loney Dear
Loney Noir [BUY]